Library:ADCLP/Ben's Trumpet

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Ben's Trumpet / by Rachel Isadora.


The mood, sounds and rhythms of jazz pulsate through the illustrations as Ben sits on the fire escape and blows his imaginary trumpet to the jazz sounds eminating from the Zig Zig Jazz Club. Set in the twenties and illustrated with dynamic black and white drawings, this is the story of one boy's dream coming true. Ben dreams of playing jazz trumpet at the Zig Zig Jazz Club.


African Americans, Fiction, Music, Musical instruments

Reading Levels

Ages 5 - 8 / Kindergarten - Grade 3


  • Caldecott Medal, 1980

Publication History

  • New York : Greenwillow Books, 1979. [32] p. : ill. ; 21 x 26 cm. ISBN 0688801943